Lisbon, the scenic capital of Portugal, is one of the most charming European cities due to its vibrant culture. Overlooking the Tagus River, Lisbon is filled with bright-colored buildings, UNESCO world heritage sites, natural beauty, and delicious gastronomic options.
- Palacio de Belmonte: 8th century Palace in the historical town of Alfama, where contemporary decor meets sustainable design. Chic and elegant with impeccable attention to detail, the oldest palace in Lisbon is also one of the most charming hotels in town. With 10 boutique suites.
- Verride Palacio de Santa Catarina; located in Chiado, one of the most beautiful quarters in Lisbon, this restored Palace from the 18th century is rich in history. If you stay here you cannot miss the 360-degree views of Lisbon from its rooftop.
- Ritz Four Seasons: iconic and historic; in the heart of Lisbon.
- Memmo Principe Real: modern boutique hotel with insane views of the city.
What to do
- Walk around the Belém district where you will find some of the most important historical and architectural sites such as: the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery, both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
- Right next to the Monastery, you must visit the cafe Pastéis de Belén (Portuguese egg tarts), where they have been making the most delicious tarts since 1837.
- Visit the Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology (MAAT) - you will find some of the city’s best contemporary exhibits.
- National Azulejo Museum - Lisbon is covered in tiles, but this Museum is the best place to see them. It was a former convent founded in 1509.
- Walk down Avenida da Liberdade (luxury shopping avenue)
- You cannot miss out on the Miradouro Santa Luzia (scenic viewpoint).
- Principe Real - my favorite quarter in all of Lisbon, with the coolest boutique stores and restaurants and just an overall vibrant energy. Admire the architecture.
- Chiado - another very charming quarter in the heart of Lisbon close to Principe Real.
- Praça do Comércio - historical landmark.
- Spend the day in Cascais and Sintra where you can visit the Palacio da Pena, Quinta da Regaleira, and if you would like to spend the night there then definitely stay at the Palacio Seteais.
- Cabo da Roca - the most western point of Europe. The cape is located over a cliff that offers panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean.
- Cervejaria Ramiro: best local restaurant, with a wide selection of seafood.
- Mesa de Frades: dinner and Fado show in Alfama, the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon. Fado is a music genre from 1820s Lisbon, and is deeply emotional. This will be a one-of-a-kind experience.
- Belcanto: two-michelin-starred by chef José Avillez offers a wide selection of tasting menus.
- Gambrinus: traditional Portuguese cuisine.
- A Cevicheria: best ceviche and pisco sours in Principe Real.
- Zero Zero: informal pizzeria with a delightful terrace.
- SUD Terrazza: modern restaurant overlooking the picturesque Tagus River. Mediterranean cuisine.
- PARK: Rooftop bar with scenic views of Lisbon.
Enjoy this magical city! I am dreaming of going back.